OT- Notre Dame to interview Al Borges for OC Spot this week

Submitted by FatGuyTouchdown on December 18th, 2016 at 5:02 PM

According to Pat Forde, Notre Dame is interviewing Al Borges this week for their OC Position.



Decatur Jack

December 18th, 2016 at 6:01 PM ^

Borges was a horrible OC. Everyone hates their OC because of obvious reasons. Borges' problem was he tried to make Denard into a pro-style QB (never gonna happen), and he stuck too much to the pro-style stuff when he didn't have the personnel to do it. How much of that was Hoke? It wasn't like Nussmeier came in and immediately fixed everything. (RR ran a spread in 08 with pro-style players and we went 3-9.) We all know Hoke hated the spread and insisted on doing certain things.

The bigger issue imho was Darrell Funk. Dude fucked our OL in a huge way. Got worse every year, they couldn't run block, couldn't protect, so at that point it doesn't matter who your OC is.

Borges probably won't be hired by ND. But if he is - it's going to be fascinating to see a west coast pro-style guy like him mesh with Kelly, one of the most spready-spread guys around.


December 18th, 2016 at 7:34 PM ^

He should be used to that with Dave Brandon coming in to watch film all the time and probably diagramming plays weekly for Al to run. Perhaps Kelly will view his ability to have his shoulder looked over as a positive in the interview.


Kelly: Al, do you have any experience with others telling you how to do your job better? Potentially even by those who don't know what's going on?


Al: Tons.


Kelly: This is great to hear. Can we have someone show you around South Bend after we finish up here?


December 18th, 2016 at 7:58 PM ^

I actually enjoyed listening to him speak. Seemed like a good guy. He was probably a victim of circumstance as much as anything. Wish him no ill-will.
Last time I heard him interviewed he was mentioning that he had lost some weight..made a joke equating the amount of weight he had lost to being proportional to throwing patio furniture off a cruise ship.

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December 18th, 2016 at 10:37 PM ^

We also can, I think rightly, speculate that there was a Brandon imperative enforced by Dave Branding on the team, and that all of the offensive woes were not his fault.

In fact, I think with better position coaches, Borges could have been a good OC.

But not a QB coach. Please god, anything but that.


December 18th, 2016 at 10:57 PM ^

What planet am I on? The play calling during his time was probably the worst coaching I have seen in any sport. We know Hoke didn't have a clue or a care about that side of the ball but lets blame funk for the shitty offense? Sure he wasn't able to develop young guys but he also inherited some real talent. 

Play calling, play calling, play calling, thats all Borges and it sucked.


December 18th, 2016 at 8:06 PM ^

There's a handful of Hires I associate with head coaches on their way out. Gerg, Coach O, Hoke. To me, Borges is now in that group. Most recently he was OC at San Jose state and that head coach just got fired. I see a similar fate for Brian Kelly after this move.


December 18th, 2016 at 5:07 PM ^

I'll put in my recommendation! I hear Sputh Bend is a wonderful town to sit down and recruit from. And since he wouldn't be traveling to recruit, he should be in a wonderful town. Match made in heaven, call him Kelly's Jesus, he'll resurrect the firing talk in 3 days!


December 18th, 2016 at 5:11 PM ^

He actually usually called one of his two best games of the year against Notre Dame. Called a great game UTL but still would be a terrible hire when you look at his body of work at Michigan.

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December 18th, 2016 at 5:17 PM ^

I honestly don't understand a lot of the Al Borges hate on here. After Borges left, our offense completely fell off a cliff and Devin Gardner somehow managed to regress as a fifth-year senior. Borges also presided over some high-scoring offenses at UCLA and Auburn, where he turned Cade McNown and Jason Campbell into first round draft picks. I'm more inclined to blame any offensive issues on the systemic ineptitude of Hoke's leadership (or lack thereof) than Borges' coaching.


December 18th, 2016 at 5:32 PM ^

Descent coordinator, atrocious recruiter especially at the QB position. Brian has outlined the history before. Obviously didn't develop the OL while he was here either. Strictly as a play caller he's average and can put some nice game plans together. 

Every other aspect of being an OC (recruiting, development, etc) he is brutal.